House of Commons Hansard #68 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was person.

Topics

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, for those who have made applications for employment insurance because they have lost their jobs due to circumstances beyond their control, we are trying to ensure that they get those benefits just as quickly as possible. We understand that at this time of year it is even harder for them to deal with day to day expenses. That is why we are putting extra resources to process these claims. We do that every year and we are doing it this year.

Social Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Marie-Claude Morin Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, 620,000 families in Canada depend on social housing. These families live in precarious situations. Paying higher rent means that they will have to shut off the heating or skip meals.

The agreements between the government and social housing managers will soon expire. Uncertainty is not an option for these families in need.

When, and I do mean when, will the government protect the most vulnerable Canadians and announce that these agreements have been renewed?

Social Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, we set aside money for affordable housing a few years ago. We even added more than $1 billion to our economic action plan specifically for affordable housing. This allowed us to create 14,000 projects to improve, renovate and build housing. Unfortunately the NDP voted against all these initiatives.

Social Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Dany Morin Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, QC

Mr. Speaker, the minister did not answer the question about renewing social housing agreements. I will put the question in a different way.

This government spends billions on its friends in big business while spending on social housing does not keep up with inflation or population growth.

In my riding of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, more than 875 families spend more than 80% of their income on rent. How are they supposed to make ends meet? These families will spend another Christmas not knowing what is going to happen. Why does this government not give them a break by renewing the long-term management agreements for social housing?

Social Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, the NDP should try to support our efforts to help people who need affordable housing. The NDP voted against tax credits for first-time home buyers. They voted against our economic action plan, which provided money for affordable housing for aboriginal people, seniors and the disabled. They voted against these measures.

Newfoundland and Labrador
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Scott Armstrong Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, NS

Mr. Speaker, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians received a lump of coal from the interim Liberal leader this week when he forgot their province was actually part of Canada. He wrote a letter to his supporters saying that daylight broke over Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia and began its journey across the country.

Conservatives know that Peggy's Cove is 1,100 kilometres west of St. John's, the most eastern city in this country. Can the minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador please inform the Liberal leader that his province is part of Canada and that our government is committed to delivering for them?

Newfoundland and Labrador
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Labrador
Newfoundland & Labrador

Conservative

Peter Penashue Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

Mr. Speaker, I find it quite troubling and disappointing to see that the Liberal leader's Canada does not include the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Fortunately for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, our government will remain committed to addressing their issues like the lower Churchill loan guarantee and the useless gun registry.

Our government will continue to stand up for the interests of all Canadians, including those in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Mr. Speaker, in November, the government announced a program to help foreign Ph.D. students stay in Canada if they choose. Yet Fatemeh Kamkar, a Ph.D. student in medicine at the University of Ottawa has been denied permanent residence because of health reasons. However, she is covering her medical costs and 97% of the people who follow the treatment she is having end up well and not needing surgery.

Will the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism agree to look at the matter, use his discretion to grant her permanent residence, and ensure that there is cohesion between the program's announcement and its implementation?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Minister of Citizenship

Mr. Speaker, one thing I will not agree to do is to violate the Privacy Act by discussing personal cases here on the floor of the House of Commons without the consent of the individual.

The member has been here for a while. He should know that the appropriate way to raise individual immigration case files is directly with my officials, my office or me, not in a public forum that invites violation of the Privacy Act. He ought to know that. He also ought to know about the provisions of medical inadmissibility. After all, they were brought into law under the previous Liberal government in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Canada Post Corporation
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

NDP

Alexandrine Latendresse Louis-Saint-Laurent, QC

Mr. Speaker, post offices all over Quebec are going to have to reduce their opening hours. Because our province is being unfairly targeted by the government's cuts, communities are going to lose essential services and an important economic development tool. For instance, the Ancienne-Lorette post office in my riding is under threat of closure.

Families and seniors will have to travel a lot further to get to a post office, which might be closed when they arrive.

And this government continues to claim that it is looking after the regions.

Will the minister reverse his decision and guarantee that postal services across Quebec are maintained?

Canada Post Corporation
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
Manitoba

Conservative

Steven Fletcher Minister of State (Transport)

Mr. Speaker, the fact is that our government is committed to high quality, universal and affordable postal service. Canada Post is proposing to move the post office in the member's riding about two kilometres away to a new outlet. This is due to structural issues with the current outlet. However, there is still a postal outlet within 235 metres of the outlet that is going to be reconstructed.

It is very reasonable and there will be no job losses, unlike what the member suggested.

Have a merry Christmas.

Government Priorities
Oral Questions

December 15th, 2011 / 3 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Holder London West, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is now the end of a dynamic session of Parliament. We have had some intense dialogues, frankly, some more colourful than others. My Cape Breton mother used to say about politics, “After it's all said and done, there's a lot more said than done”.

However, that is not the case during this session of Parliament. I would appreciate, as we depart, if the government House leader would remind us all of some of the key outcomes achieved during this sitting of Parliament.

Government Priorities
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, our government made commitments to Canadians. We have an obligation to deliver on those commitments, to focus on economic growth, job creation and tackling crime. Canadians expect us to do our jobs here and make decisions on the issues before us. That is exactly what we have done.

We have passed important economic measures in the keeping Canada's economy and jobs growing act. We also have passed a bill to move every province closer to the principle of representation by population. Finally, we have given western Canadian grain farmers the freedom they have longed for, for so long. Canadians can count on our government to make decisions, move forward and get things done.

Rail Transportation
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Randall Garrison Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, one of the things we would like for Christmas on Vancouver Island was not on the House leader's list. We would like our passenger rail service back. Four months ago, this service came to a halt. I last asked the government in November when it would commit to its share of funding for this rail bed repair. Still I received no answer. Traffic in my riding is already at a gridlock state and when the shipbuilding begins, we need alternatives for commuters and freight.

Will the government now commit to funding its share of the necessary repairs for the E&N railway corridor and to getting this project under way? Or will it continue to risk delays in shipbuilding because of growing congestion outside the shipyard gates?

Rail Transportation
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
Manitoba

Conservative

Steven Fletcher Minister of State (Transport)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to point out that VIA Rail provides excellent service from coast to coast. Certainly during the holiday season and the summer, I would encourage people to book their VIA Rail trip and enjoy this great country.

In regard to the member's riding, VIA Rail service between Victoria and Courtenay is also paralleled by bus service and road service, so people can get from point A to point B.

We are continuing to reflect on the infrastructure requirements.